Take a stroll down Jonker Street – also known as Jonker Walk, and Jalan Hang Jebat – when you visit Melaka. This is the Chinatown area of the historical city. The “walk” in itself is free, but don’t leave your cash at home, because you will probably be tempted to try some local delicacies and tasty treats, or even go shopping for some cute souvenirs.
Why you should go
The area is a bustling hive of activity, from the main Jonker Street itself, branching out to many other streets where you can find interesting stuff to see and do. You can savour all kinds of food, drinks and desserts at the stalls, cafes or restaurants in the area.
This is also the place to find souvenirs and handicrafts unique to Melaka.
If you’re looking for a good place to just chill, there are also several nightspots and bars around too. It is quite a huge area but you don’t need a car to explore the place – just take a leisurely stroll to take in the sights and smells of Jonker.
What to do
There is a night market at Jonker Walk on Fridays and Saturdays, where you’ll find all kinds of treats, unique handicrafts and knick-knacks. There is a stage area where locals perform shows at night. The atmosphere is somewhat like a fun street party!
However, things can get a little crowded sometimes, so do plan your weekend visit properly.
If you visit at other times or during the day, Jonker Walk still has plenty of interesting things to see, eat and of course, buy.
Antique collectors and vintage fashion enthusiasts might find some good bargains at Jonker Walk too.
For those who aren’t into old stuff, don’t worry as there are several contemporary clothing and handicraft outlets around.
Other places to check out in the area include Baba Nyonya Heritage Museum, Straits Chinese Jewellery Museum, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, Kampung Kling Mosque, Kampung Hulu Mosque, Hang Jebat Mausoleum, Hang Kasturi Mausoleum and Sri Poyatha Moorthi Temple.
Who will like it
Local and international tourists will probably enjoy Jonker Walk. There are many historical sites in the vicinity that you can check out. You’ll be taking a walk into Melaka’s past, passing by heritage homes with traditional architec-ture that date back to the 17th century.
Photography fans and Instagrammers would enjoy coming here as there are many opportunities for taking that special shot.
Melaka is about two and a half hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur. There are many buses that run between Melaka and other major cities in the peninsula.
It’s very easy to get to Jonker Walk. If you’re driving or biking, the GPS coordinates are: 2.195008, 102.248297.
Grab and taxis are also available in the city.
Alternatively, if you’re staying at a hotel in the vicinity, you can also take a trishaw and enjoy the sights along the way.